Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Flexton in November 2014.
The person I spoke to for the phone interview was great. She was helpful, polite, and we had a real conversation instead of feeling like it was going off of a script. When I got off the phone with her, I felt enthusiastic about the job and excited for an in-person interview. She didn't have a very clear description for the job I would be interviewing for, but it was clear that it was the fault of someone higher up, and not her.
When I went in for the actual interview, it was very different. I sat down in a room with three other people, including the CEO, and it started out rather typical. No one was very friendly, except for one guy who was uncomfortably friendly. It didn't cross the line into inappropriate, but it was a close call. But that happens.
The CEO asked me if I'd ever organized any social events for companies and I said that no, not in my professional experience, but I had done that many times for large groups of my peers for social events in and out of college. He smiled and said that the ones I would be organizing here would have a lot less alcohol. He continued to make comments about how it wouldn't be appropriate for me to go out partying every weekend and then not come into work on Monday because I was hungover, even when I (politely) reassured him that I don't ever drink past a glass of wine with dinner (which he seemed not to believe).
I'm a recent college graduate with minimal experience, so when I found out that the title I was interviewing for was a manager position, I asked him why he would want to hire someone with my lack of experience, since I'd been frank about it both on my resume and during my phone interview. He padded his answer with pleasantries and tactfulness, but basically the reason was that he wanted to hire someone to train to grow into the head of their new HR...and be able to underpay them for it. The position had a huge range of responsibilities and would involve learning a lot of new things at once, and instead of hiring someone who would know what they were doing and pay them a little more, he wanted to find someone who lacked experience and would accept the position for a small salary. (I brought up 20/hr and he said it was too much.)
I especially believe that was the case because of how he treated me not as a person he was interviewing and trying to get to know, but as a crazy girl just out of school who probably parties a lot that he's going to have to keep in line. It was offensive and sexist in a way that did not cross any legal lines, but certainly crossed some personal lines.
This doesn't seem like a very good company, no matter how much it sounds like 'Flextronics'.
- What new management style would you bring to our office? (I wasn't told it was a management position before I went to the interview.) Answer Question
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